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03. March 2016

SOUTH AFRICA TO HOST THREE IMPORTANT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES

South Africa will this year host three important international conferences, which will contribute immensely to global governance and a better life, while also being an excellent marketing and tourism opportunity for the country.

The international conferences to take place in South Africa are the following:

International AIDS Conference

South Africa will host the International AIDS Conference in Durban from 18 to 22 July 2016. Over 13 000 international delegates are expected to attend, in addition to 5 000 local delegates.

Besides the tourism opportunities presented by South Africa hosting of this conference, the country will use this opportunity to mark the progress it has made in fighting the AIDS epidemic.

Government will in the coming weeks make further announcements about this conference, especially plans to have civil society take centre stage in the planning and execution of the conference.

Government thanks the International AIDS Society for choosing South Africa to host this conference.

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

South Africa will be hosting the 17th Conference of Parties (CoP17) to CITES from 24 September to 5 October 2016 in Johannesburg at the Sandton Convention Centre. One hundred and eighty one parties are signatories to the convention and more than 2 000 participants are expected to attend the CoP.

CITES is a powerful tool for biodiversity conservation. It regulates the international trade in wild fauna and flora to ensure that the international trade is sustainable and not detrimental to the survival of species in the wild.

It will be the first time since 2000 that a CoP of this convention is held on the African continent.

Geology Congress

South Africa will also host the 35th International Geological Congress from 27 August to 4 September 2016.

Considered the “World Cup for geologists”, the congress aims to promote geoscience and socio-economic development on the African continent, with the impact being increased research in geosciences and opportunities for new mineral and petroleum discoveries. It will also expose young African scientists to world-class researchers, thus contributing to the transformation of the research fraternity.

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